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COMSATS organizes a Workshop on Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Engineering Equipment for Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC)

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COMSATS organized a training workshop on ‘Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Engineering Equipment’ in Accra, Ghana, on October 12-16, 2015, under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Government of Ghana. The workshop was hosted by Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), an affiliated institution of MESTI.

This is the second workshop on the theme organized by COMSATS in Ghana during the last two years. The first one was held in 2013 with the support of COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Ghana, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Correspondence with MESTI in connection with follow-up of the workshop led to an understanding of holding this event specifically for GAEC.

The hands-on training to technicians of GAEC on repair and regular maintenance of important scientific instruments was provided in several sessions. Mr. Arif Karim and Mr. Faisal Ghazanfar from Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) rendered their services as resource persons for the workshop. The technical sessions comprised hands-on training complemented by lectures on the theme of the workshop. To consolidate the trainees’ learning, the participants were also provided the opportunity to work on the faulty equipment under the supervision of the experts to practice their knowledge acquired during the technical sessions.

Fifteen engineers and lab technicians were trained for indigenous repair of a number of equipment and instruments at the various GAEC facilities, including Organic lab; Ghana Research Reactor (GHARR-1); Non-Destructive Testing Unit; Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI); Environmental Protection and Waste Management Centre (EPWMC); Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI); as well as Applied Radiation Biology Centre (ARBC) of the Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI).

Twenty-six instruments/equipment repaired during the course of the workshop included: Fourier Transformer Infrared – Spectrophotometer; X-ray Machine; Spectronic 21D UV/Vis; Blood Auto Analyzer; Content Analyzer; Gas Chromatograph and Gas Chromatograph Auto Injector; FTHS 900 Microwave Lab-station; PCR machine; Freeze Dryer and Microwave Lab-station; and Gene Amp PCR System 9700.

Prior to the workshop, the Director General GAEC, Prof. Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, held meeting with the visiting delegation from Pakistan, comprising Mr. Nisar Ahmad, Deputy Director (Systems), COMSATS, and the two workshop resource persons from PCSIR. The meeting was also attended by the Director GAEC, Dr. Francis G. Ofosu. The Director General expressed his gratitude to COMSATS for accepting GAEC’s request of organizing the workshop at his institution and hoped that the activity would result in not only repairing the expensive faulty equipment, but also help in building scientific capacity of the human resources at GAEC. Mr. Nisar Ahmad briefed about the workshop methodology and also highlighted the success of the series of workshops held under the theme that so far has trained more than 340 scientists, engineers and technicians in COMSATS’ Member Countries since 2004.

At the brief closing ceremony of the workshop held on October 16, 2105, Dr. Ofuso, commended COMSATS for organizing the much needed national workshop in Ghana. He also expressed his satisfaction over the successful holding of the workshop. He particularly praised the visiting experts for their hardwork and knowledge imparted to the participants.

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Sep
25
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2018
4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Sep 25 – Sep 26 all-day

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Climate-related natural disasters, emerging diseases, rapid growth of World population, and political and social conflicts poses growing threat to food security. These havocs have incapacitated the food availability chain ensuing hunger, poverty and malnutrition around the globe. It is a debilitating fact that globally 815 million people, accounting 11% of the world population, were undernourished in 2016 (FAO 2017) wherein the third-world is bearing the brunt. This scenario, calls for more proactive, innovative yet sustainable approach for attaining and sustaining food self-sufficiency. Besides, the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a call for action ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

The rapidly pacing scientific advancements in the field of biotechnology can offer promising tools, techniques, methods and practices for enhancing agricultural productivity while conserving the natural resources in their best form for the future generations. Agriculture biotechnology – one of the arms of biotechnology – is the key to sustainable food systems, value-added crop production, improved nutrition and green economy.

Keeping in view the importance of above-mentioned issue, the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) are jointly organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, from 25th – 26th September 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. The Conference aims to provide an interactive platform to academicians, scientists and researchers to deliberate upon the burning issue of food insecurity while underpinning the significance of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology.

Academicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers and implementers, and government officials working in the field of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology in the developing countries are encouraged to participate in this international Conference.

OBJECTIVES

The key objectives of this international Conference are to:

  • Provide a forum to scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update their knowledge and share know-how on the recent developments in the field of agriculture and biotechnology;
  • Build and strengthen linkages among R&D/S&T organizations working in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and food security for effective South-South cooperation;
  • Make recommendations to the policy-makers for developing policies and strategies in order to support biotechnology for food security in the common Member States of COMSATS and ISESCO.

HOW TO REGISTER

Applications for participation are required to be submitted through duly filled-in prescribed form to COMSATS and ISESCO, at the contact addresses given at the end of this announcement on or before Thursday, 16th August 2018.

Moroccan applicants may, however, send their applications till 10th September 2018 directly to ISESCO Headquarters, Rabat.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Travel grants and boarding and lodging will be provided by COMSATS and ISESCO to a limited number of individuals from the member countries of ISESCO and COMSATS, selected by the International Conference Scientific Committee.

THEMES

Agriculture

  • Crop breeding, improvement, protection and management
  • Agriculture and sustainable development
  • Agricultural innovation and technology
  • Agriculture Engineering and Agronomy

Food Security

  • Trends and challenges to food security
  • Food Nutrition Security: new concepts and strategies
  • Food safety regulation and standards
  • Food sovereignty, heritage & industry
  • Non-timper forest products and food security
  • Ecosystem based adaptation for food security

Biotechnology

  • Genetic improvement of crops using plant biotechnology
  • Functional genomics using genome editing technology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Food and bioprocess technology
  • Patent, biosafety, biosecurity, plant breeders rights

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Ismaïla DIALLO
Science Directorate
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (ISESCO)
Tel: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 52
Fax: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 12-13
Email: idiallo@isesco.org.ma

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad – Pakistan
Phone: (+92-51) 9204892, 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: tajammul@comsats.org

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